Coinciding with International Zero Emissions Day and the EU Mobility Week, a dozen postal operators worldwide launched the Green Postal Day on 20 September. This day aims to highlight the environmental and business benefits the postal industry has reaped by working together as a sector over the last ten years to reduce CO2 emissions.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is beyond the reach of any single company. These Goals call for coordinated efforts and a collective approach from industry sectors -- Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Ten years ago, postal operators were among the first to launch a sector-wide programme to measure and reduce CO2 emissions through International Post Corporation (IPC) and its Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS)

Since then, postal operators have strengthened their environmental ambitions and have increased their sustainability efforts, reaching a reduction of 30% of their CO2 emissions, well ahead of their initial targets. 

An industry working together

The postal sector initiative is a clear example of an industry working together to exchange best practices and stimulate individual companies to move beyond their initial objectives. Using a common measuring system has also favoured transparency and driven sustainability ambitions. 

On this day, leading postal operators call on leaders from other industries to join forces at the sector level and to adopt a common monitoring and measuring system. Postal operators participating in the EMMS initiative are offering to cooperate and share best practice with other industries.

Main achievements of EMMS

Through this page, you will learn about the main achievements of postal operators collectively and individually. Examples for successful initiatives of postal operators in areas such as alternative vehicles, use of renewable energy, sustainable buildings are available in the case study section

 

What members say

Over the last ten years Austrian Post succeeded in reducing its CO2 emissions by close to 30%. Emissions we cannot avoid at present are compensated via national and international climate protection projects. Our company has the largest electric fleet in Austria featuring 1,600 e-vehicles and is also a trailblazer in green logistics. We will continue to implement our sustainability strategy. In addition to achieving a higher level of energy efficiency and the generation of clean energy by photovoltaics, delivery operations on the last mile will be CO2 free by the year 2030.”
Georg Pölzl,
CEO Austrian Post

 

Working collectively as a sector has challenged and helped us to move further and to adopt even more ambitious targets at a national level. As one of Belgium’s leading companies, bpost wishes to play a pioneer role in environmental protection and has set itself the goal of reducing CO2 emissions from its activities by at least 20% by 2030.  To succeed, bpost will replace 50% of its diesel fleet with electric alternatives by then.”
Koen Van Gerven,
CEO bpost

 

"What's important to me is to point out not only what we at Deutsche Post DHL Group have achieved, but also to highlight the joint efforts of the postal sector as a whole in the area of climate protection. We share our innovations and ideas for reducing carbon emissions with each other and encourage each other to carry out planned initiatives to fruition. Our goal is to cooperate as a sector in making a crucial contribution to slowing down the pace of global warming and minimizing the long-term effects of climate change."
Frank Appel,
CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

 

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Australia Post

 

Austrian Post

 

Le Groupe La Poste

 

CTT Portugal Post

 

What EMMS member posts have achieved since 2009

30 percent carbon emissions reduction
Carbon emission decreased
91 percent CMP
Renewable energy increased
Alternative vehicles increase
Sustainability business case
Electricity use decreased

Participating posts